Not to be outdone by Hillary Clinton and the press, members of the Congressional Black Caucus held a press conference on Friday denouncing Donald Trump’s short remarks about President Obama. That is, the Republican nominee’s promise to finally put to rest the “birtherism” controversy, which has cast doubt on whether or not the Hawaiian-born POTUS was actually born in or near the United States. Trump has loudly championed this conspiracy for some time, so when he tried to pin it on his Democratic rival, Black Caucus remembers responded in kind.
Representative G.K. Butterfield (D-North Carolina), chairman of the CBC, didn’t mince words when he began, saying “this is a disgusting day”:
“By any definition, Donald Trump is a disgusting fraud. He started this silliness years ago by saying that President Obama is not an American citizen. He had no proof of it, so he started this disgusting behavior seven or eight years ago questioning the president’s citizenship. He would not have done that to Mitt Romney. He would not have done that to a John McCain or any other white who was running for president of the United States. But he has leveled this criticism against President Obama.”
Other caucus members, like Representative Jim Clyburn (D-South Carolina), described Trump’s press conference-cum-infomercial as “in-your-face kinds of efforts” exhibited by “one man who is misusing the media in order to heap indignities upon the President of the United States.” That is to say, instead focusing on his presidential campaign (or lack thereof), Trump’s efforts at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. were merely a ploy to embarrass Obama and Clinton.